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The view from the top of business, presenting a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running companies.




Amazon's New Headquarters

The online retail giant has announced that it will split its long-anticipated new headquarters between Long Island City In New York City, and Arlington, Virginia. Some 238 cities across North America had competed for the role. But many residents at the lucky winners are angry about the billions of dollars in alleged "corporate welfare" offered by their city authorities to lure Amazon in. Winner's curse? Michelle Fleury meets the protestors in Long Island City, while Edwin Lane speaks to...


Green Rage

Climate change is an existential threat, so are civil disobedience and direct action the only way to save the planet? And is a global carbon tax the best tool to do the job? Justin Rowlatt speaks to protestors from the new and militant environmentalist movement Extinction Rebellion as they occupy the UK's Department of Energy building in protest at their government's alleged failure to tackle global warming. He also speaks to Ben Stewart of the 49-year-old campaign group Greenpeace, who have...


Tackling Fake News

How can we deal with misinformation on WhatsApp? The spread of false, sometimes malicious rumours on the platform is on the rise. There are also growing concerns around privacy on WhatsApp, which faces less scrutiny than more public platforms like Facebook and Twitter. In India, a spate of mob lynchings were linked to messages circulated on the platform. During Brazil’s recent presidential election, political groups exploited machine learning technology to bombard voters with campaign...


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The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.


The Rise of India’s Billionaires

Are the super-rich the biggest beneficiaries of India's booming economy? It is one of the world’s fastest growing economies, but it also has some of the worlds most extreme inequality. James Crabtree, author of The Billionaire Raj, tells us about India’s extraordinary explosion of wealth and the addition of almost 100 billionaires since the 1990s. One tycoon even threw an elaborate wedding for his daughter at The Palace of Versailles in France. Rahul Tandon tells the story of one...


Bossy Women and Women Bosses

Does increasing the number of women on a company's board boost its financial performance? It's a popular narrative, but Manuela Saragosa speaks to Professor Renee B Adams of Said Business School at Oxford University, who claims there is no evidence to support it. And she asks Gay Collins of campaigning group the 30% Club whether it even matters. Plus, how do you tell a male colleague that he's wrong without hurting his feelings? Or interact with a male employee without threatening his ego?...


Dating for Money

As university tuition fees rise and rise, young female students are flocking onto online sugar dating platforms to find wealthy older men who can foot the bill. But where is the line between sugar babies and escorts - or indeed prostitution? Manuela Saragosa speaks to the founder of one such dating platform. Brandon Wade is founder and chief executive of, which claims 10 million members worldwide. And she asks Kavita Nayar, who is researching computer-mediated intimacy and erotic...


Bosses, Babies and Breast Pumps

Engineers showcase new technologies to help women return to work after maternity leave - but why is the engineering profession itself so male-dominated? Jane Wakefield attends a breast pump hackathon at MIT, speaking to businesses venture capitalists and campaigners such as Catherine D'Ignazio from Make The Breast Pump Not Suck. Jane also hears from engineers Emma Booth of Black & Veatch and Isobel Byrne Hill of ARUP about their experiences of returning to a very male-dominated industry...


The Offline World

Half of the world's population don't access the internet, and they're missing out on economic and social benefits says Dhanaraj Thakur, research director at the Web Foundation. Satellites might provide the solution to reaching people in remote areas according to Jason Knapp from the company Viasat and Larry Smarr from the University of Southern California. Dudu Mkhwanazi, CEO of Project Isizwe, describes the benefits of access for poor townships in South Africa. (Photo: Internet users in the...


Death of the Dollar?

The US unleashed what it calls its "toughest ever" sanctions against Iran. The Trump administration reinstated all sanctions removed under the 2015 nuclear deal, targeting both Iran and states that trade with it. They will hit oil exports, shipping and banks - all core parts of the economy. But what difference will they actually make? Ed Butler hears from Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, an outspoken policy advocate who thinks Trump's America First policies are endangering the...


Minnesota at the Mid-terms

How is America's industrial heartland faring two years into the Trump presidency? Fergus Nicoll visits the port of Duluth in the state of Minnesota and asks farmers, shippers and miners how the US-China trade spat has affected them. Programme features interviews with Deborah DeLuca, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority; Kelsey Johnson, president of the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota; Randy Abernathy, owner of Industrial Weldors & Machinists Inc; and farmers Matt and...


Could Big Data Kill Off Health Insurance?

As US health insurers ask customers to wear fitness trackers, are they opening a Pandora's Box of ethical dilemmas and business threats? Ed Butler speaks to Brooks Tingle, chief executive of insurer John Hancock, which has been pioneering the controversial policy of rewarding customers willing to demonstrate that they exercise more. But Dr Michael Kurisu, director of the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine in San Diego, asks what happens to those customers who refuse to participate? Plus...


Who Gets to Chase the American Dream?

A caravan of migrants heading to the US-Mexico border has sparked more debate around immigration. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Reihan Salam, executive editor of the conservative magazine National Review, who argues that America's immigration policy has to move with the times. Aviva Chomsky, professor of history at Salem State University in Massachusetts, says the narrative of the American Dream has never been quite what it seems. (Photo: Honduran migrants heading to the US border, Credit:...


Economic Abuse

Economic abuse by one partner in a relationship can wreck lives and livelihoods. Vishala Sri Pathma hears from one woman whose husband took control of all of the family money, leaving her without cash to buy food or other necessities. But what can be done to make sure that women have access to money and partners do not take abusive control of the family finances? Vishala hears how banks can take steps to check women are not having their money choices controlled by someone else and from...


Bolsonaro's Economist

Brazil's new president Jair Bolsonaro says he doesn't know anything about the economy, so he's delegated economic reforms to a man called Paulo Guedes. Who is he? We ask the BBC's Daniel Gallas in Sao Paulo and speak to Gabriel Ulyssea, Brazilian economist and associate professor in development economics at Oxford University. And Chilean journalist Carola Fuentes tells us the story of the "Chicago Boys" - the free market economists who transformed Chile's economy under military dictatorship....


Brexit: The Irish Border Conundrum

It's the biggest sticking point in negotiations for the UK to leave the European Union. We examine the complex history, hear from workers and businesses on either side of the Irish border and try to unravel the complex web of politics. Justin Rowlatt meets lorry drivers who work across the island of Ireland, frontier workers who live in Northern Ireland and work in the Republic, and a farmer whose land straddles the divide. Belfast-based journalist Amanda Ferguson explains why the island of...


Are Saudi Reforms in Doubt?

The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has left the kingdom reeling and some businesses have boycotted a major investment conference in Riyadh. Do these events threaten Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's much-vaunted economic reforms? We hear from Seth Bannon of Fifty Years, a Silicon Valley seed fund. He's one business leader who's not attending the showcase Future Investment Initiative conference. What about efforts to diversify away from Saudi Arabia's focus on oil? It has one of the...


Buying the Midterms

More than $4bn has already been raised by candidates running in the midterm elections in the United States. Ed Butler speaks to Shelia Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics and Charles Myers, chairman of Signum Global Advisors, on how Wall Street is giving more money to the Democrats this year. Michael Whitney from The Intercept describes Beto O'Rourke's record-breaking fundraising in Texas. And Mike Franz, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project, discusses...


Is Gun Control Debate in the US Shifting?

Since the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, which led to the deaths of 17 schoolchildren and staff, the survivors have directed their political fire at the NRA. They intensified the political argument over the question – when and by how much should America tighten its gun laws? The NRA, or National Rifle Association, is as ever a key player in this debate. America’s oldest civil rights organisation, it lobbies for the rights of US citizens to bear arms, in keeping, it says, with the...


Insecure Overachievers

Many of the professionals in the world are ‘insecure overachievers’: exceptionally capable and fiercely ambitious, but driven by a deep belief in their own inadequacy. Their ability and relentless drive to excel make them likely to succeed in the competitive environment of elite professional and financial firms, but the work culture is also taking advantage of their vulnerabilities. Although successful City careers are associated with high salaries and eye-watering bonuses, the work culture...